What came first, consciousness or matter? The materialists believe matter came first and out of it, consciousness. But how can something come from nothing? The Rishis (ancient see-ers) said, first there was consciousness and then form. So Mr. Frog, how does this help me in my life? When we identify with form (likes and dislikes, desires and fears), we suffer. When we identify with our essential nature as consciousness, we experience wholeness, completeness and goodness. With self knowledge, we come to know beyond the shadow of a doubt, that we are OK, that we are enough.